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they need assistance. ♪ happening this morning gunman seize airports in crimea and ousted president victor yanukovich prepares to make first public comments since being forced out of office. finding ways to deal with the horrors of civil war, syrian children seeking creative outlets to take a break from reality. no end in sight for the violent
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protests in venezuela as president nicholas maduro has nothing to do with what they have to say and they are under flood evacuation order and past wildfires creating a new threat months after those fires were put out. ♪ good morning and thanks for waking up with al jazeera america, i'm thomas drayden and they ceased to airports and one of the airports was taken over by russian military and happened overnight in the territory of crimea and that is the focal point of battles between ukrainian seeking to be with the union and those loyal to russia and the new parliament calls the action an armed invasion in
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occupation and since voted on a resolution to seek help from countries that consider ukraine a sovereign nation. coming up, in a few hours deposed president victor yanukovich will speak from an undisclosed location in south urn russia and we will begin in moscow but jennifer class is there where one of the airports was seized and good morning to you and it seems from the outside there has been a power grab from pro-russian forces across crimea. >> good morning, thomas, yes, i was at the airport a few minutes ago and there are armed men there. they are in military uniforms dressed top to bottom and they have helmets and have very heavy weapons but no insignia and i tried to talk to them and wouldn't say who they were or where they were from and civilians at the airport protecting them said they were happy they were there and speak russian and say they are
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brothers and wouldn't say if they were military or ukraine military or russian military. also so in simferopol and down the road is home to the fleet and there to the airport is being held, protected crimeas say by armed men. the ukrainian interior instersay the men are the russian military and we add a security and military consultant with us who said they looked military both in simferopol and savastapol and they have weapons and this is no rag-tag malitia thomas and behind me at the end of the street is the ukrainian parliament and seized a couple days ago here and violent clashes and that was seized overnight two days ago and armed men inside and about 12 hours before that happened there were violent clashes there between ethnic russians to makeup the majority and the minority crimea tatar who would like to see this remain part of ukraine. so very, very escalating
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tensions, worrying document with the men in military uniforms and heavily armed and taking over the airports and they are operating and the simferopol is operating normal and people with luggage walking by the men and will not tell us why they are there or who they are but certainly a sense they want to take power here and want to secure the place here. they do not trust what is going on in kiev, tom. >> with the action this morning it raises the question is there a possible of success on the table, jennifer? >> well, the parliament here yesterday voted to hold a referendum on may 25th, that is the same day that kiev wants to hold presidential elections and i'm speaking to crimea and saying what do they want, referendum on autonomy and want more of it and i say what does that mean because they have a prime minister and own parliament and they are already the only autonomous republic in ukraine. a lot of it is about money,
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taxes, revenues, they want that to stay here and that is what they are talking about now. we are not hearing words about succession for now. but certainly most of the people here are looking towards the east, are looking toward russia where they say they feel much more kin ship and think what happened in kiev they were not consulted really kind of marginalizes them and especially unhappy that kiev made a ukraine the ukraine the official language because people here speak russia. >> reporter: and jennifer class is there this morning and i want to go to phil who is joining us from moscow and phil after going into hiding former president victor yanukovich has suddenly emerged in russia and set to speak here if a couple hours, what has he been up to, do we know anything about his plans? >> well, thomas we know he expects to hold a press contrends and this will be his first appearance publically
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since he was ousted from kiev. we are being told it will happen in the town on don and not confirmed but that is the expectation and that is symbolically important because that is the capitol which basically run the ethnic group runs between russia and ukraine. there are an awful lot of contracts in the crimea in particular. this is a town that is very close to the ukrainian border and a similar botic gesture if indeed that is where he has the press conference and we know the former president victor yanukovich said in the past he believes he is still president and if he tolds true to the line in the up coming presser it may cause serious ramifications politically as ukraine tries to decide its future and if there is still somebody out there claiming to be the head of state, that may very well divide the country. >> reporter: he will be holding the press conference from an undisclosed location in russia, how is all this playing out in
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russia? >> in moscow it's interesting and the government has been saying all along they believe this is a coo-da-tay and it is by extremist and using the word fascists and saying that and state-run media following in line with that, they are looking at the situation in crimea where there are accusations that russian troops are on the ground as we heard jennifer reporting and the russians are not willing to verify that and staying away from the question but do reiterate they feel that this whole situation is being caused by far right national extremist and they have grave concerns about their holdings within the crimea not the least of which the sea port where the black sea fleet is held up. >> reporter: following the latest from moscow and thank you. meanwhile a russian war ship docked in cuba is proving to be
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a mystery and it docked on wednesday and both governments are silent why it arrived in the port and it surfaced and air missile and canyon as eavesdropping equipment but we don't know why it's there and it was built in the 80s and a crew of 200 and this time of year venezuela is gearing up for carnival but they are turning the south american country up side down and nicholas maduro wanted to ease tensions and celebrating early but the tactic simply failed. >> the president nicholas maduro was hoping thursday and a week-long holiday around the carnival would show easing of tensions between protesters and government forces but it did not happen and this is cacacus and surrounding area of the capitol and protests southwest of the
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country in san cristobol and the op epi center here and having standoffs with security forces. people are barricading themselves in the neighborhoods and trying to block out security forces and setting fires and getting into standoffs with forces. this also happens on a day in which the government announced an arrest warrant for the number two leader of one of the main opposition parties, the same party headed by lopez who was taken into custody ten days ago and this is showing there is a stalemate between the president and these protesters and leaders in the movement because they had a peace conference the day after that and had an arrest warrant for a prominent member of the opposition and one of the main leaders of the opposition skipped wednesday's peace conference and he said he did not want to be a prop to be used
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by the government to show there was some kind of cord being made and said venezuela is not, it's a very divided country and people are not willing yet to give up right to protest freely in the streets. >> reporter: and we are from caracus and students are planning a big march on sunday. what children see in war can have a deep psychological impact but with last of resources it can be a long and difficult road to recovery and al jazeera takes us to turkey where aid workers are helping young syrian refugees come to terms with their experiences. >> these children are not misbehaving and they are actually being encured to scream and have come from a war zone and this exercise helps them release their violent emotions. the teachers ask them what does the word violence mean. some talk about the arguments they had with their classmates back in syria. others recalled memories.
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>> he wrapped his chest with fireworks and he kills us and he burnt himself. >> my brother was killed. a shell hit his house. >> miss, miss, or my soldiers came and raided and burned our house. >> reporter: then it's time for the children to put their memories and feelings into drawings. and fighting dominates most of their work. and he wants to show me her brother's grave, others show me tanks and dead children. and running this program is an aid group called arabic for human. it's a syrian nongovernmental organization funded by $25,000 grant by the danish government and they are trained to provide psychological support to syrian children. >> our goal is to teach them how to express those feelings using
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painting in order so they gain a sense of control over them which helps in the coping process. their growing has been suppressed by many factors. 65% of those children are not going to school. of those 35% are forced to work in very hard circumstances. >> reporter: the playground nearby it's time to have fun but some need extra care. around 150 children have participated in workshops like this one. some of them are showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder including severe depression, lack of sleep and eating disorder, the trainers say they need psychiatric help. but there are not enough psychiatric, hospitals, schools or even food for the syrian refugees. and the syrian war will always be part of their lives.
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i'm with al jazeera near the turkey, syria border. >> reporter: according to the u.n. 2.5 million syrians fled their homes for shelter in neighboring countries and 600,000 refugees now live in turkey. back at home the mayor of new jersey wasn't the only target of former staffers of chris christie. new documents released thursday show playful tax plotting to make travel difficult for a rabbi and he text her last august saying the rabbi has officially p-d me off and clearly we cannot cause traffic problems in front of his house, can we and he answered flights to tel-a-viv mysteriously del delayed and they sent the e-mails about the george washington bridge plot. they will learn about bill and hillary front nominations and
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the library will release about 5,000 pages of documents from the clinton white house. the documents include confidential advice given to president clinton including communications within first lady hillary clinton and the papers will be posted online by the national archives with paper copies being made available at the clinton library. more than 30,000 documents could soon be released. attorney general eric holder is resting at home this morning after spending some time in the hospital for chest pains on thursday. holder felt faint and short of breath during a meeting with staff members and treated for an elevated heart rate and told he is feeling better. southern california are bracing themselves for extreme weather conditions and mandatory evacuation is in effect for glendora and jesus and they have mud slides threatening homes and la may get 8" of rain in just two days and that is the amount
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of rainfall they get in a month causing mudslides and power outages and flash floods and nicole has a closer look of the situation out west and it has been too draw for too long, hasn't it? >> february is supposed to be the wednesday season in california. really january through march and many cities see the biggest precipitation in february but we already have very dry ground and in some cases as all of this comes in dry ground can make it harder to absorb that and the areas and you mentioned glendora is an area we had fires and forest fires went up the mountain side you don't have the vegetation there, the root system to help draw the moisture in and on top of it it bakes the earth and makes it almost impenatratable and no where to go except down the mountain and we are concerned about mudslides
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in the situation and look at this and the tightly wound low pressure, it's not but also looms like a bit of a hurricane presentation and tells you how powerful it is and we had rounds of rain and this is round two as we get into this. what we are looking at is some of southern california valleys and down the areas where it is coming down to rain, 10" and other places along the coast 6" and localized heavy stuff. another 1-2 feet into some of our mountain terrain and so many warnings in the area. so this system is going to move across the country by sunday through the midwest and monday into the east coast causing some major problems with more rain and snow, back to you. >> trusted with up holding the law and now charged with breaking it, the california town where people were living in fear of their own police departments. >> it was historical. life changing. and made you want to do better. >> reporter: president obama
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promoting his brothers keeper program to empower young men of color. the success of one program catching the eye of the commander-in-chief. and never before seen footage from inside the u.s. supreme court, someone able to sneak video and post it on line. before break a look at a very cold time square in new york city, a city that is expecting more snow in the coming days and al jazeera news comes right back in two minutes. i must begin my journey,
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welcome back a federal judge ordered the state of kentucky to recognize same sex marriages performed out of state and the earlier ruling through out the ban against gay marriage and the attorney general is reviewing the judge's ruling and 30 days to decide if the state will appeal the decision. a small central california town is without one-third of the police force after a group of officers were booked in a car theft scheme. six officers were arrested early this week in king city, 150 miles southeast of san
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francisco. the men ordered hundreds of cars to be impounded and either kept them for themselves or resold for profit and 200 cars were seized and many owned by hispanic drivers. >> and they are disadvantaged and not always english speaking and said something that really resonated with me, the police, they are taking our property, they are taking our cars, they take our money and we can do nothing about that. >> reporter: the six arrests deal a major blow to the police force which only employs 17 officers and bail is $10,000-$60,000 and arrangements are monday and march 6. president obama is calling for new and stronger efforts to give young black and latino men an opportunity to reap their full potential. >> the fact is that the life chances of the black or brown child in this country lags behind by almost every measure
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and it's worse for boys and young men. >> reporter: the president unveiled his brothers keeper initiative on thursday, the program encourages businesses, foundations and community groups to come up with or support programs that keep kids in school and out of the criminal justice system. and we spent time with a group that has already had some success. for 19-year-old turner after school boxing helped relieve tension and aggression. >> one, two. >> i had a real bad anger issue but i got rid of it but it comes back and seems in sometimes and i put on the gloves and start practicing and punching at something to get it out. >> back is straight and a slight bend in your knees. >> reporter: the high school senior has taken part in after-school activities like boxing through a mentorship program for at-risk youth called becoming a man or bam. >> it's a marshall art and sport
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and the great thing about marshall art and sport in general is it teaches people discipline, team work, commitment and even positive anger expressions and you have time or make time. >> reporter: to accomplish that counselors like bacon work with 7-12 graders to cultivate the social stills, skills that reduce violence and antisocial behavior. a resent study by the university of chicago crime lab revealed a large portion of homicides involving chicago youth were a result of rash behavior and social disagreements ended in massive overreactions. >> they are sweaty, and that is way. >> reporter: and bam is using group exercises and roll playing to teach the men impulse control and emotional self regulation. >> we see what violence is like all over the world and at the core of it, at the root it's really about people making a decision that their personal problems, belief or situation is more important than another
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person's right to breathe. >> reporter: it appears to be working. according to a study by the university of chicago crime lab bam reduced violent arrests by 44% compared to those not in the program. >> we followed up and they had improved school engagement and saw beneficial outcomes for the kids. >> reporter: it has caught the attention of washington. >> these are all exceptional young men and i couldn't be prouder of them. >> reporter: last year a group of bam students including koran sat in a counseling circle with president obama and he is meeting with the president once again this year. >> it was historical, life changing and made you want to do better. >> five, six. >> reporter: wanting to do better say counselors is what brought these boys to the program, teaching them how to cope could help them graduate into man hood. and i'm with al jazeera chicago. >> reporter: last night's
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senior advise tore the president valorie talked more about the program with al jazeera's america tonight. >> it's primarily directed to black and latino men, those are the ones most at risk. if you look at the statistics, those are the ones who are answering into schools and not really prepared and we need early childhood programs to get them ready for school and lagging behind in learning to read by third grade and evidence shows if you have not learned to read by third grade the chances of you finishing high school on time are less and even lesser if you are poor. we know disproportionately black and latino men are expelled or suspended from school and that often leads to the juvenile delinquency cycle and we need to break the cycle and get them back in school where they are learning and thriving and aspiring to be productive citizens. >> reporter: we are following breaking news on bit coin, bit
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coin exchange is filing for bankruptcy in a significant amount of the virtual currency is still missing and ceo appeared before reporters friday in japan and apologized for the company's troubles and they say outstanding debt of more than $63 million, the tokyo-based exchange went off and transactions were frozen because of technical problems and we will get the new reading on economic growth, forecaster for the government to/estimates for the fourth quarter significantly as consumer spending slowed down and companies did not stock up, the inventory and less momentum heading into the first quarter. >> across the board consumer spending, housing, manufacturing, trade, all data is coming in below expectations. i think some but not all of it can be blamed on weather. we have had a very abnormal
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winter and it has been colder and more snow than normal. >> janet yellen will say if the winter weather is behind the recent signs in the economy. >> softer spending than many analysts expected. part of that softness may reflect adverse weather conditions. but at this point it's difficult to discern exactly how much. >> reporter: her comments gave wall street a little bit of a lift yesterday but investors are not in a buying mood and it's down 16 points and it opens 16272 and s&p starts the day at a new record 1854 and nasdaq is 4318 and japan lost half of a percent. european stocks are mostly lower at this hour. a slow down in refinancing
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activity is leading to more lay offs at banks, wells fargo is cutting another 700 jobs in its mortgage business, the largest home lender eliminated 7,000 jobs from the unit last year. and earlier this week jp morgan said it's cutting 6,000 jobs from its mortgage operations. still ahead this morning new revelations from edward snowden and documents revealing that british agents kept thousands of screen grabs from web cams of yahoo users and most sexually explicit. >> when you grow older you return the favor. >> reporter: old asian culture in a modern world, how many asian-americans are accommodating the promises they made to their aging parents. >> move, absolutely. let's do this thing and move. >> reporter: this will have you talking, president obama invites president vow biden getting in on the let's move action and
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promoting the first lady's exercise campaign. >> a black eye for college basketball as fans storm the court and once again questions are raised about security for players and coaches. ♪ illegal immigration. >> al jazeera america presents... a breakthrough television event borderland a first hand view at the crisis on the border. >> how can i not be affected by it? >> strangers, with different points of view take a closer look at the ongoing conflict alex, a liberal artist from new york and randy, a conservative vet from illinois... >> are you telling me that it's ok to just let them all run into the united states? >> you don't have a right to make judgements about it... >> they re-trace the steps of myra, a woman desparately trying to reunite with her family. >> to discover, and one of their children perish in the process, i don't know how to deal with that. >> will they come together in the face of tradgedy? >> why her? it's insane. >> experience illegal
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♪ welcome back and good morning i'm thomas drayden and the stories we are following this hour, extreme weather in california and residents are sand bagging the neighborhoods to save their houses from devastating mud slides and la may get 8" of rain and power outages are expected. clashes in venezuela thursday and they through rocks and bombs at the capitol and the police and national guard used tear gas to break it up. president nicholas maduro wanted
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to ease tensions by starting the annual carnival early. pro-russian forces are rising up in southern ukraine, two airports in the building in crimea have been seized by the armed gunman. and ukraine minister says it violates international treaty and norms and the new ukraine government is telling russia do not threaten the sovereignty of ukraine. and we are joined from kiev with more on the political tug of war. nick, it is very clear ukraine is suffering through an identity crisis at the moment and is this effecting what is going on there in kiev? >> yeah, absolutely. the government is 22 hours all and almost all they had to deal with is a succession crisis. the u.s. has desperately wanted all of the tecocrate leading ukraine to focus on the problems of ukraine but frankly they cannot get away with what is
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happening in the south and gunmen in the parliament building and gunman surrounding the airports and it's important to know we do not know who they are with no insigna on their uniform and no plates that identify them as russian but as you just said they are certainly pro-russian and whereas everybody here is looking to the west. so parliament spent all morning this morning talking about what is happening in crimea and passed a resolution this morning asking not only russia to stop any threats that can threaten the sovereignty but the security council and looking to the west for the security council and as you said the interior minister calls this russian occupation of ukrainian land. and this is really like the cold war and important for the people to be seen fighting for crimea and also vladimir putin and they will fight for crimea as well and the crown jewel in the
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empire and putin wanted them back. >> reporter: it's not just the development and crimea adding pressure to the government, what kind of pressure is the parliament facing for people in the independent square behind you? >> let's put it this way, the square has moved outside parliament and we were outside parliament all day yesterday and this morning there is an armoured personnel carrier outside of parliament and armed men and veterans from the afghan car from a few decades ago and the ukraine military watching closely. literally the parliament members, the lawmakers here are creating new country under the threat of the guns and the violence and the reason that is is that independent square, all these people here believe they still have the power and in many ways they do. a couple nights ago we saw the new government ministers being paraded in about 50 or 60,000 people and it was kind of a kiev caucus and some people got the nod from the crowd who cheered,
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other people got jeered by the crowd and the people who got the nod and approval are now the government ministers running the country. there is a huge amount of pressure on everybody who is now in parliament and the pressure is from the street, the power very much is the street and the people in parliament know if they make wrong decisions their fate will be the same as the last government. >> reporter: ukraine is in desperate need of a financial rescue package, what is the next move for the parliament? >> yeah, well again this is the u.s. wanting to try and get the ukrainian parliament to have some room to figure out not only the unity politically but the economic and they are $35 billion in the next two years and probably needs about $15 billion in the next three months otherwise it will have no money to pay its own employees and actually default only any of its loans and so what the ukrainian parliament has done is not look to russia. what president yanukovych was trying to do right before these protests started but instead look west. the ukrainian parliament asked
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the international monetary fund imf for a huge bail out and imf says it will begin to consider that and thomas as you know this means austerity and they do not give out money without demanding huge changes in countries, for ukraine that likely means huge increases in taxes and specifically perhaps the doubling of the price of gas in a country that is already poor, a lot of people are going to have a huge problem with that and the politicians are looking at political crisis, security crisis and the notion that the economic crisis will mean more unpopular moves for this square, thomas, the challenge is here and it is great. >> we will hear reporting from kiev and nick thank you. i want to continue the conversation with anthony, the executive director of the american institute in ukraine, good morning and thanks for joining us, we are seeing the unrest shift here. the local parliament building in crimea was seized yesterday, two airports in the capitol city. is the ukrainian government prepared to handle an uprising in crimea? >> i think that would be
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difficult for them, it's a question of what ex tents the central rule of kiev extends to crimea and crimea is heavily ethnically russian and it only became part of what we now consider ukraine in 1954 when it was see seated by the soviet leader to the ukrainian ssr back in those days. so you know it's a part of the ukraine that doesn't see itself as a particularly ukrainian so consequently and a major russian navel base there, the black sea fleet of the russian federation is based there on the peninsula. so consequently it's rest and concern of what is happening in kiev and believes if the legitimate government was over thrown illegitimately and a lot of people there have a big problem with that. >> reporter: for some of the developments this morning we know that former president victor yanukovich will speak here in just a matter of an hour and a half. >> yes. >> reporter: what do you make of the speech this morning in russia?
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>> it's interesting because he is in russia and there was some time where we didn't know where he was and he has turned up in russia, on the other side of the border south of russia which is not far from the ukrainian border and will give us a press contrends there and see what he has to say. clearly the indications are he will be indicating and saying i am the legitimate president of the ukraine, he doesn't accept what happened in kiev with those events. >> reporter: is he setting the stage for return to power? >> frankly, i just don't see that happening. maybe. he may want that to happen. frankly i don't see where he has the support in the population to do that. so kiev and i don't see how he can do that. >> reporter: people are scratching their heads and people are skeptical especially in washington and this is what press secretary jay carney had to say. >> he created a void shortly after signing an agreement, in an orderly fashion, packing up his stuff and disappear.
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and it's hard to claim you're leading a country when you advocate your responsibilities and disappear. >> reporter: what happens to yanukovych next, can he remain relevant? >> i think it's very difficult for that to happen. elections have been declared for may and lit be interesting to see what happens and i don't see how he can run in ukraine and go to campaign in ukraine and i think the legal authorities will be after him on charges of corruption and things like that. so we will see what happens. it looks like the opposition and the prime minister will probably run. >> reporter: it's a good point you bring up there. there is a popular population i should say in ukraine that asked the people there who will win the up coming presidential election and this is the latest poll and it's very surprising here out of that magazine and says a full 34% of readings
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chose none of the above who will lead the country. are you surprised by that? >> not really because people have baggage and you have shrlanka who had been in prison, the lady, she herself is a major alagarck and involved with shady dealings and the prime minister and doesn't have a wide base in the country and as prime minister he will preside. >> reporter: this is the publication right there. >> he will provide over the country and how will he fare and "the boxer," klitschko is there and he has 18% to the poll which is not a scientific poll but an interesting indication and he is seen as highly inexperienced who understands the issues and they have baggage. there is a problem what do the
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radicals on the streets who make the koo-de-tay and what do they want and shlanka, they don't like and putin likes her and they hate putin and they have reason to be suspicious of her and think that he is far too moderate and had corruption problems. so the current consolation of forces within the new ukraine has factions and lack of unity there. then you have the problem in east and south of the country which is ethnically russian and maybe will not be in the elections. >> reporter: appreciate your insight and executive director of the american institute ninei ukrai ukraine.
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edward snowden files and this time the british intelligence agency is accused of interce intercepting web cams and saved at random every five minutes beginning in 2008 and shared with america's national security agency from yahoo. a growing number of asian people face a dilemma as their parents age, are they care givers or do they spend the parents to nursing homes and we go to a community trying to balance expectations while living in america. >> even on a weekend there is work for mary true looking after her children, husband and her 69-year-old mother who suffers from diabetes and deafness. together with her week-day job as a custodian true has a full plate. >> i get up at 2:00 and go to sleep at 5:45 i get up to prepare and get ready going to work, so it's a lot of pressure. >> reporter: three generations
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living under the same roof, that's a very typical arrangement for the families and endures for those who immigrated to the united states. >> and they take care of you and when you get older you return the favor as a way of thanking them. >> reporter: but maintaining that cultural mandate has become more difficult for families today in homes where both partners work full-time jobs so on week days true sends her mother to a senior center, something that asian americans resisted because many view the decision as a sign they failed their family obligations. >> i think back to my own grandparents and they too were very private individuals, very close with the family and to look to a community organization to kind of help and supplement that was something they had to get used to.
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>> reporter: according to the department of health and human services the number of elderly asians is expected to grow to 2.5 million by 2020 and 7.6 million by 2050. as more asians age homes and elderly centers are tailoring services to their language and cultural needs. they are offering a bilingual staff and food they are familiar with and it has made the difference to 90-year-old ping who would not have otherwise willingly moved from home. >> translator: there is 24 hour service here. at home the family would have to hire two nurses to take care of me. i don't want to be a burden. >> reporter: participants play a popular asian game at one of the early senior centers built for them in the country, one small move meant to reassure
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those reluctant to spend time here and as more places like these become available it allows the younger generations of asian americans feeling they can honor and care for the elders in a different way outside. melissa chan, al jazeera san francisco. >> reporter: changes coming to parts of china and nearly 10,000 people are on the wait list for the top assisted living facility. the separation of fan and athlete is once again in the news. mark morgan is joining us with details and good morning. >> yes, unfortunately this type of situation has been brewing for a while and you certainly hate to see this happen. there was an ugly scene last night at the end of a college basketball game between the mexico state and utah valley. this was a show down for first place in the western athletic conference and it was already an emotionally-charged atmosphere to begin with and things degenerated quickly as the game ended and here is what happened, new mexico state player miller through the ball at a utah valley player and that occurred
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after the time and iks r expired and insighted what followed and utah valley fans rushed on the court to celebrate the win and got tangled up with players and pushing and punches and fans storming the court has been an issue for years and now the ncaa and the schools will have to do something about it and heat and knicks game offered few surprises and lebron james is great and the knicks are awful and he has a mask to protect his nose and i'm thinking bat man and i don't know about you and pushes the ball and has a dunk and heat up 12 and shane to james and watch this, lebron had 31 of 19 in the field and a minute remaining in the third and blowing the knicks out and james the lob from batty-a and 108-82 is the final and 6 strait
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wins for the heat. the nets will sign collins for the remainder of the season and he signed a ten-day contract last week, becoming the first openly gay player in one of north america's four major sports and the original ten-day contract will expire early next week. on t on the diamond, he apologized to brewers fans after serving 65 game suspension for taking performance-enhancing drugs and now spring training is underway and he wants the bat to do the talking and that is happened in the first plate appearance and belts 01 pitch of tommy maline and over the wall and two-run homer and the first game with the brewers, first game in the line up for milwaukee since july 21st of last year. what a difference a year can make. last february maclroy a talented golfer walked off the course of
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the second round of the honda classic and the game was in shambles and in turn his mental state needed a reboot, no such problems in the return to the pga national champion course yesterday and shoots a 7 under par, 63, a very clean round for him with 7 birdies and a one-shot lead over henry after 18 holes and rory is digging the course so far. >> first time i've seen the course this year. made a few little subtle changes right there, taken a couple bunkers away on four and 11 at the back of the green and they are sort of more severe sort of runoff areas and i put an extra bunker on 12 and made it a little more of a difficult tee shot but over all the course is playing similar to the last few years. >> reporter: tiger woods struggled in his opening round shooting a one over par 71 and 8
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shots off pace and that is a look at sports this hour. >> maybe tiger needs a mask like lebron. >> maybe he would focus more and it did not bother lebron. >> reporter: security break down at the nation's highest court, someone took video of a court session to post it online.
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for the first time video footage of the u.s. supreme court in action has been recorded and posted online. the supreme court barred all cameras from recording the proceedings, the shaky, low quality video is just over two minutes long and shows a courtroom disruption that happened wednesday during oral arguments in a patent case and welcome back to al jazeera america and ahead we will examine the impact personal
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scandals have on the oscars but first let's check the forecast with nicole mitchell and good morning. >> the story is the moisture coming for california and the wound up system off the west coast and high winds with it and that is going to be a problem as well and we will talk more about the impacts coming up. but this system, let's go back to it, is actually going to move its way across the country. as it pulls out into the midwest over the course of the weekend especially sunday, high amounts of moisture possible, possibly in the southern edge of this even some strong storms and snow to the north and by the time this hits the east coast on monday there could be some places seeing 6" to a foot of snow so we will have to watch this carefully, winter is not over quite yet. and you know that this morning if you are anywhere in the midwest and we could set record low temperatures like detroit this morning with temperatures dipping even in the negatives and minneapolis minus 9 and this is an area where we have the winds playing a factor because
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the wind chill is minus 25 at fargo, some of that ice is so far into the soil, we are talking 6-7 feet because it's been such a cold winter bursting a lot of pipes and the lakes are well frozen because of this. temperatures for the day and in the northeast some of the temperatures 10-20 below average and new york city is 19 degrees if you want a little bit of warm air maybe you head to houston at 70 degrees. but a lot of the temperatures very cold this morning, back to you. >> bundle up. all right, nicole thank you, the movie industry will honor the best of the best this weekend and up for an academy award nomination is director woodiey allen and surrounded by allegations of sex abuse and we look at if it can impact an oscar's chances of winning. >> reporter: and sounds like the making of a great hollywood screen play. when, in fact, it's real life and if winning oscar gold is the
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final scene it's being writ been by voting members of the film academy and must draw a distinction between personal controversy and artistic achievement and woody allen's latest film is up for three oscars including best original screen play but as allegations resurfaced that allen sexually abused his adopted daughter when shez was a child it calls into question if he stands any chance of winning. >> and the fact he is writing his view of the controversy is very telling and that to me and a lot of other people suggests that it could and may well have an impact on oscar and author rafael says it shouldn't. >> a great writer or great director and also being a terrible human being. >>. he speaks from personal
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experience as a child he was molested by a family friend yet when roman was convicted in 77 by an american court of raping a 13-year-old girl asked him to write the screen play for his 1994 film death and the maden euglacias did not residence state. >> they are not cops and we are not jurors, that is not really my role. the only concern i have in doing a job is it's quality and what the work was saying. >> reporter: he went on to win an oscar in 2003 for the pianist and out spoken political view that run askew in hollywood effected artists since the golden era of silent films. consider charlie chaplain and his politics leaned far to the left and too far for many and he was one of the most important fill makers and artists of all times he never won an oscar
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during his career. >> people were blasted for political views and couldn't get work and had to write in pen names and had to leave the country with charlie chaplain and paid a huge price. >> reporter: chamberlain was honored with an oscar in 1972 for lifetime achievement it was well in the twilight of his career. director kazan took the best director oscar in 1955 for on the waterfront, even after he famed names during the anticommunist red scare in the 1950s. but when it came to honoring his life's work it wasn't without protest. >> he won an oscar a number of people in the audience refused to stand when he came out on stage, when you look at the close, resent history of the academy awards most oscar voters were able to set aside whatever concerns they have about a person's personal behavior and recognize the work. >> reporter: that holds true at
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least for academy member and film maker paul hertzberg. >> no factors are involved other than the work they did. >> reporter: now we have to wait until sunday to find out if the other 5999 academy voters feel the same way. jennifer london, al jazeera, hollywood. >> reporter: this gives a whole new meaning to running the white house. ♪ president ready to move. >> absolutely let's do this thing, let's move. ♪ president obama and vice president joe biden took a job around the oval office to promote michelle obama's let's move campaign and the video starts at the president's desk as you saw and past the family dogs outside and back to work. and after the run the two treat themselves to a glass of water. let's move encourages people of all ages to lead a healthier lifestyle. let's move on over to del
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walters with a look ahead of what is coming up, this morning. >> stretched at the end. >> did. >> at the end of the first hour this is what we are following the crisis continuing in ukraine and we are waiting for the speak from victor yanukovich and if he shows up they will want russia to extradite him and in venezuela they are clashing with the police and many are students and up set of the country and more protests expected, all of the rain in california is needed but it may be too much too soon. there are threats of flash flooding and mud slides in and around la. and president obama set to meet with prime minister benjamin netanyahu at the white house and israel to the u.s. is here to talk about what we can expect from those two leaders and giving those without a home a roof over their heads, the micro houses playing a huge role in helping the homeless get back on track. and i'm metrologist nicole
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mitchell and we are seeing record cold this morning and i have the forecast. >> that will do it for me and al jazeera news continues and del is back with you in 2 1/2 minutes ♪
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>> how one community's support is helping the homeless get back on their feet. >> an unstable ukraine as military forces seize two airports, one taken over by russian military, this happening overnight in crimea. that has become the focal point of battles between ukrainian seeking closer toys with the europeandown and those loyal to russia. ousted president yanukovych will speak. we have a team stationed worldwide on the story. nick shiffrin is in kiev where parliament continues to meet.
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we begin with everi have glass where one of the airports was seized. are we seeing a power grab this morning by pro russian supporters? >> there certainly are pro russian forces at the airport, as well as the other airport. they won't say who they are or where they're from. they've taken insignia off uniforms. this is no rag tag mill russia. this is an organized event holding the airport. one man told observers that they're there to protect the airport should ukrainian troops try to come in. we also understand from the interfax news agency in the last hour that russian helicopters have moved to a base near
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savastapol and are blocking a ukrainian border guard base there. a very, very serious situation here, saying they are a russian military unit. the trucks have no license plates on them, the military have no insignia on them. they won't identify themselves when you speak to them. behind me in the parliament are armed men. they took over just a day on the ground. we don't know who these men are or what they want. >> are we seeing everyone's worst fears when these protests began in november that we might see a divided ukraine? >> i think there's definitely concern about the intentions of the east and the south, although crimean i've spoken to say they want more autonomy.
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we saw clashes just behind me on wednesday, thousands of people in the street. the entire population clashing with ethnic russians here over the future of this country. the people here really look more towards the east, towards russia. they share a language and culture, saying they are russian. they are alarmed by what's going on in kiev. they think what's going on is wrong and they are unhappy about it. >> we turn to phil ittner in moscow. after going into hiding, viktor yanukovych set to speak in an hour. do we know where he is and where he was. >> we hear he is holding this press conference in an hour in a town just across the border from ukraine in southern russia. it's symbolically important, because it's also the home of
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the dawn cossacks, understand i got felicity between ukraine and russia. where he was is an open question. there were reports that he was here in moscow in a very high end hotel. then we heard he was perhaps at a sanatorium just outside of the capitol. certainly, it looks as though he will hold this press conference in that southern city. we know there are russian news agencies in position to carry that live. we of course will be monitoring that situation as it develops. >> how is all of this playing in russia. >> well, the russians are taking a strong line about all of this. they say that the entire crisis in ukraine is nothing less than a coo
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coup d'etat. they are saying about those troops, the military presence that you just heard jennifer glasse report about, they are refersing to comment or come down on any verification that they had anything to do with that. they mention that there have been in where's days groups meeting just on the other side of the border in russia, civil groups arming themselves. there's no confirmation that any orders came from the kremlin. >> yanukovych is a wanted man right now in ukraine, we are hearing that prosecutors in geneva investigating yanukovych and his brother concerning money laundering. >> some very strong words out of geneva. groups that have come in power in kiev report that tens of billions of dollars have gone
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missing during his time in the presidency. that's a chunk of money in an economy that is in absolute dire straits. we hear that if indeed yanukovych does surface here as expected there will be a request from ukraine to extra tight him back to face charges of mass murder and very serious financial allegations. >> phil, thank you very much. in our next hour, we're going to nick shiffrin in kiev following the meeting between parliament there and pro european union forces. >> meanwhile, a russian war ship docked in cuba proving to be quite the mystery for obama and moscow. that ship docked tuesday but both governments saying silent about why it arrived in the port. it has surface to air missiles and has a crew of about 200. >> venezuelans at this time of year are usually getting ready to celebrate carnival but
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anti-government protestors are taking to the streets. hundreds of demonstrators tried to block a highway thursday. the president hoping to diffuse tensions by starting the celebrations early, at least 16 people have died in more than two weeks of protest. >> the u.n. secretary general saying the international communities failure to stop atrocities in syria are shameful, saying it's disappointing that the world hasn't learned from rwanda. he was talking about a series of events that marked that anniversary. it is estimated 800,000 people died in 100 days of fighting in rwanda, the u.n. saying the syrian refugee crisis is the worst since then. >> french president arriving in the central african republic meeting with french soldiers there trying to end violence between muslims and christians, thousands dying in that fighting there. we are in the capitol.
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>> the president will meet with the interim president here, religious leaders and he's reviewing some of the stockpiles of weapons seized by french soldiers. just this week, the french parliament extended its mission beyond april here in definitely. this is turning out to be a far more intense conflict than many thought it would be, perhaps one that was underestimated. this is a vast country, 4.5 million people, really all quite spread out. there simply aren't enough peacekeepers on the ground, even if you take into consideration the 2,000 french soldiers and 6,000 african union peacekeepers. moving forward and taking hold, the government just doesn't have all of the tools necessary at its disposal. it doesn't have a functioning army, a national police force nor a judicial system. all of the crimes and alleged
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atrocities committed here have been happening with impunity. just on thursday, the general in charge here said they wanted to see the interim government taking some responsibility and said that the government here couldn't rely on the international community indefinitely, so it will be interesting to see where that comes up as a topic of conversation between the two presidents on friday. >> that is aljazeera's tanya page reporting from the central african republic. >> documents from edward snowden reveal new government spying. the british intelligence agency accused of independenting millions of. >> who web chat images, many sexually explicit. they were saved at random every five minutes and then shared with america's national security agency. >> 31 former and current students accusing berkeley of miss handling sexual abuse cases, saying the school botched
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investigations into alleged attacks on campus. they said the university discouraged reporting them and favored the alleged attackers. berkeley said it hired extra staff to investigate their claims. >> a small town in central california without about a third of its police force after a group of officers were arrested in a car theft scheme. they were arrested in king city, 100 miles southeast of san francisco. investigators say the men ordered hundreds of cars to be impounded and then kept them or resold them for profit. more than 200 cars were seized, most owned by hispanics. >> these are the people who are really disadvantaged, not always english speaking and they said something that really resonated with me. the police, they are taking our property, they're taking our cars, they take our money, and we can do nothing about that. >> those six arrests a big blow to a police force which only has
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17 officers, the men posting bail ranging from $10,000 to $60,000. arraignment are set for march 6, monday. >> southern california is bracing for extreme weather. mandatory evacuations are in effect for several neighborhoods in glenn dora and isuza, heavy rains causing mudslides threatening more than 1,000 homes. l.a. may get up to eight inches of rain in two days, usually that what they see in a month. it will cause mudslides, power outages and flash flooding. we turn to nicole mitchell for more. >> february is typically for a lot of california the rainiest month, as a couple inches, but this is really exceptional. we've been in a long term drought, so the rain is definitely needed. you don't want this much this fast. this is actually round two of systems that are coming in and this one will stick with us for another couple of days. you were talking about places like glenn dora. we've had the wildfires, so you
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get terrain that has burned out. that does two things. you don't have the root system with the vegetation because it's been burned. on top of it, the fire can actually really scorch the earth and make it impenetrable to the water. that's why we have the landslide mud slide risks we're worried about. here's that system very clearly defined low pressure area with a pool of moisture around it. this is going to continue to funnel moisture onshore over the next couple of days, places, some of those valleys where the water does run down the mountain side could pick up 10 inches. coastal areas as much as a half inch of rain. it's needed rain. when you look at a typical scene, two or three times this year and seen all of this at once, that's going to be a problem for us. advisories up for southern california, but the mountains are going to get significant
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moisture. this system moves across the country later into the weekend, causing big problems elsewhere including a snowstorm. back to you. >> nicole, thank you very much. it seems the meyer of fort lee new jersey wasn't the only target of christie staffers. playful texts making travel difficult for a rabbi were seen. texts say the rabbi has officially -- ok, made me mad. kelly replied we can't cause traffic problems in front of his house, can we? flights to tel aviv all mysteriously delayed. these are the two who sent the emails detailing the bridge plot. >> the anti gay bill in arizona is now dead but the fights i have not other states alive. erica pitzi joins us live. this has been a big week in the struggle for quality. >> arizona grabbed the spotlight nationwide this week.
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gay rights issues are front and centered in a handful of other states. on monday, in a michigan federal courtroom, the state will call witnesses to defend a ban on same-sex couples adopting children. just yesterday in kentucky, a federal judge ruled the government must recognize same-sex marriages performed outside of the state and in our countries. this is a big win for same-sex couples, because same-sex marriage is not legal in kentucky. they may file an appeal but until then, the ruling stands. >> we may have a limited window this is effective. we don't want to celebrate too soon but for now at least today, we have a victory. >> i think we see religious freedom infringed on again and again and this kind of ruling limiteds the opportunity for people who have convictions about this issue to take a stand against it. >> the state of texas is taking a stand against a recent court ruling on gay marriage there. just one day after a federal judge ruled the state's ban on
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gay marriage is unconstitutional, the attorney general filed an appeal. this does not mean gay couples can get married in texas just yet. they must wait for the appeal process, but this ruling along with others throughout the country could have national implication. >> got all these states that are moving in the same direction, all these courts, which probably increases likelihood that the supreme court eventually will ok gay marriage nationwide, or at least in the opposite sense say you can't ban gay marriage. >> so far 17 states have lead gay marriage. going back to the religious freedom bill, anti gay bill struck down in arizona, five other states are considering similar laws. georgia joined idaho, mississippi, and oklahoma, so far seven states have turned it down, arizona being the most recent. >> these are big moves being made by lawmakers in these
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states. there are smaller more symbolic gestures making a difference. >> we are coming into march here, a couple weeks, st. patrick's day parade, huge in new york city and boston and both of those city's mayors have said that they are refusing to participate in the parade, because the parades exclude the lbgt community. they say it's a really big deal. i'm from boston and st. patrick's day parade is a big deal. tens of thousands of people participate in both of these cities, so this is really definitely a symbolic gesture, sending a message to the whole community and really the nation, because those are two really big cities. >> thank you very much. >> still ahead, striking a peace deal in the middle east, the challenge that iran could pose for president obama when he sits down with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >> groups offering tips and emotional support when it comes
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to employment. >> 200 million is our big number of the day and a huge milestone for a popular recording artist and music service. the hit song that has broken the barrier.
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♪ >> to today's big number, two must not million is the number of streams that single "wake me up" has been heard on spot if i to date. it is now getting more than 3.8 million streams each and every week around the world. >> good morning, welcome back to aljazeera america. some young americans are turning to each other huntling for jobs. we'll turn to that in a second. let's find out about the temperatures across the nation with nicole mitchell. >> i'm not real popular again this morning. it's been one of those winters
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where we had a little bit of a warm up and then right back down. temperatures in the midwest and northeast running 10, 20, even 30 degrees blow average. could set records especially around the great lakes. you add in the wind, that's one of our bigger concerns, a lot of places have wind chill advisories up. far go, minus 33 is what we're dealing with this morning. we haven't gotten out of it yet. today is what we call meteorological winter, and a lot of places in minnesota are saying for those statistics that we keep staying top 10 for coldest winters on record. not much warmer as we get into the heat of the day. >> don't take it personal, it is not your fault. >> tough to find a job especially for those just graduated from college. a growing number of millennials are joining job clubs for help.
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we went to one of their meetings. >> mid town, new york city, 6:00 p.m. it's happy hour, but instead of hitting a pub, one group of 20 somethings is slipping into a job club in the new york public library. a bachelors degree and bio degree, but just getting by working as a clerk. >> i feel like i kind of wasted my years in school. >> she's one of a growing number of millennials turning to job clubs for advice. members fill each other in on their struggles at first. >> my main problem is it's really hard to market myself. >> this is targeted to recent college graduates, led by volunteer career counselor expert can. each meeting has a unique focus, like interviewing skills. today's topic, networking to gain access to the hidden job market. >> all those unpublished positions that are filled before
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they go out to the public. >> members are encouraged to share contacts, because what may not work for one person could be another's golden ticket. the u.s. department of labor estimates there are about 10,000 of these job clubs in america with more forming every week. >> since 2007 and the great recession, these job clubs have proliferated in churches, mosques, libraries and synagogs, one stop employment centers and community colleges. >> neighbors helping neighbors says many young people rely too heavily on the internet and not enough on real world networking. >> if you have a job to fill, it's like a currency, you're going to place it with somebody you know. you're not going to take somebody off the street for that job. >> 400 people are working because of report they received at one of his meetings. he encourages more young people to join clubs to find work. career experts say finding a job is not being ashamed to tell people you need work, keeping a
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positive attitude and developing a thick skin. it's tough. >> it takes a blow to your ego, your constantly trying to tell people i'm great and awesome at everything. >> hanna's helping herself by supporting her peers during this unusual happy hour and reminding herself she's not alone. >> hopefully put some good energy into the world and get something back. >> this club has been around for years and several dozen former members are now working. aljazeera, new york. >> to learn more about job clubs and how they can help you, go to our website aljazeera.com/realmoney. >> in an hour, we'll get the latest reading on economic growth. governments to slash estimates for 2013. consumers cutting back on their spending. the slowdown in the global economy taking its toll on
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exports. >> the strength in u.s. manufacturing's going to have to come domesticically. we're not going to see exports grow as strongly as the fourth quarter of 2013, putting strain on manufacturing, along with the turn in the u.s. inventory cycle. >> we'll have the gross domestic product report four in our next hour here on aljazeera america. >> wall street is pointing to a lower open ahead of data, dow futures down 22 points. fed chair janet yellen soothing economy concerns yesterday gave stocks a lift, the dow beginning at 16,272, the s&p beginning with a new record high, 1854 and the nasdaq at 4318. overseas, asian markets mostly higher, nikkei lost more than half a%. european stocks of lower at this hour. >> bit coins filing for bankruptcy and a significant amount of that virtual currency is missing.
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the c.e.o. appeared before reporters friday in japan, apologizing for the company's trulls. he also said 850,000 bit coins can't be found. that would be worth about a half billion dollars. the tokyo based exchange went off line tuesday, transactions frozen earlier this month because of technical problems. >> president obama set to personally get involved in the israeli palestinian peace process. weighing in on the challenges the president's face. >> hillary clinton and the 2016 presidential race, how president clinton could affect her chances of landing in the white house. >> finding a way to reduce the number of people who are homeless. one solution that has one town coming up with something rather small in a big way. >> the nba's global influence is pervasive. coming off the story of an american who is over 5,000 miles from home in a hoop crazy
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only on al jazeera america >> you are looking live right now at a live shot of times square here in new york. those images are deceiving, because those signs don't generate heat and new york needs it. it is bitterly cold outside. welcome back to aljazeera america. i'm del walters. ahead in our next half hour, israeli prime minister set to meet with the president face-to-face as the president becomes personally involved in the mideast peace process. >> we'll also look at challenges facing hillary clinton should she run for president in 2016. >> deposed ukrainian president yanukovych set to speak following his escape to russia. ukraine's political crisis is a tug of war between pro russian
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and pro european idealists. the transitional government is looking west for economic aid. we are live with nick shiffrin. >> it is a huge concern, this new government is about 24 hours old and the main thing they've had to focus on in crimea. this is a real secession crisis, the interior minister saying this is a military invasion of crimea. they have to talk about political unity, security, they have to talk about the economic future, but they are absolutely focused on crimea. the interior minister said we will send in the military into this local government institution that's been taken over by pro russian militia but they haven't done that and that really shows that this government is weak. it is 24 hours old.
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it's difficult to create a new government under the best of circumstances, but out of the ashes of a revolution and trying to figure out how to face what seemed to be russian forces, that's extremely difficult for a government that is just getting on its feet, del. >> we should point out the pressure is not just coming from the south, there's also pressure right behind you in independence square from the protestors who are still there. >> outside this square and outside parliament are thousands are people who are still listening very closely. i'll just give you one image. outside of parliament, there is an armored personnel carrier full of afghan war veterans. people who are part of the opposition here say we are watching very closely what the particle men tarians are doing, so literally, they are debating the new government under the threat of gunfire, under the threat that if they don't listen to the crowd behind me, or the crowd outside of parliament, the crowd will do the same thing
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that it did to the last government. so there's a huge pressure on to listen to the crowd, to adhere to the crowd and already the crowd is essentially choosing the ministers who are now leading the government. >> nick shiffrin reporting from kiev, thank you very much. >> some israeli palestinians are demanding control over one of islam's holiest site. for two decades, the jerusalem mosque has been under control of jordan. jordan is threatening to drop a peace treaty over the issue, we report on a growing diplomatic battle. >> tension is never far from the surface in jerusalem, this the latest exchange between pill 17ian and police taking control of one of islam's holiest sites.
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the style government has no plans to change the current status of the site or the temple, essentially saying that right wingers can make a lot of noise, but nothing is going to change. >> the site is sacred to both jews and muslims. some jews believe they should have the right to pray there. they don't at the moment. the mosque is run by jordan. it's parliament is watching with increasing alarm calls for israel to take control. there is talk to expel the ambassador, unlikely to happen. it would mean a review of the existing peace deals. >> the arab league and islam ache cooperation warned israeli against pushing the issue, saying it could spread anger and provoke violence. the israelis are paying attention. >> the vile government said it has no influence change the status quo at the site or
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mosque, saying right politicians can make noise but nothing is going to change. >> one scholar say the israelis control the site in all but name. >> full control by the israelis, custodianship is agreed politically and religiously by all parties concerned. the exception is it is only jordan to administration. >> the timing of this could not be worse as the international community is pushing for a peace deal between israel and palestinians. this may not only put future deals at risk, has the potential to wreck existing treaties. aljazeera, jerusalem. >> prime minister benjamin netanyahu said he is against any claim of sovereignty over the mosque. tensions could lead to fresh violence in the middle east. >> the prime minister will meet
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with president obama at the white house hundred dollars for a framework for palestinian negotiations. thanks for being with us this morning. >> thank you, this morning. >> the white house getting involved, the president personally. do you expect anything to change? >> not stub substantively. the president is getting involved by virtue of prime minister netanyahu and prime minister of poll stein a week later. by virtue of that, he is getting involved. i think he's going to leave secretary of state john kerry to handle the mechanics and the inner workings of this agreement. now, i don't see anything substantively changing in that both sides seem to have a disadvantage to follow kerry's framework. >> you know the inner workings of washington. when a president gets involved, can a high level meeting of this time, there's something that is usually supposed to be on the table that comes out of the
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negotiations. is there something in the works that we don't know about, a back channel negotiation? >> there could be. there could be, but here's the thing, and sorry for the cliche, bill. this is not sliced bread all over again. we know the framework. this is the same framework that bill clinton offered at camp david in july, 2000 and enunciated in january 2001. this is the same framework agreement that then prime ministers negotiated in 2008. there are no surprises here. what you may see, what we may see is the president by virtue of his involvement, by the force of the white house, both sides will grudgingly and reluctantly agree to maintain a framework of negotiations, and you're going to see a lot of this, you know, diplo babble, that strange language in which both sides claim to agree, disagree and claim constructive ambiguity.
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>> let's cut to the chase. these two leaders need each other. is it your opinion that they like each other? >> who, which once. >> benjamin netanyahu and president obama. >> they detest each other with fervor and passion. i think mr. netanyahu is playing for time. he assumes that after the mid term elections in november, 2014, the president will become as is the case usually, sort of a lame duck, will not risk his presidency on the middle east. there is fatigue in the american public dealing with the middle east. his legacy will be determined, shaped by obamacare, rather than the palestinian-israeli conflict. >> the european union continues to oppose construction of settlements in israeli. thursday, german chancellor says: is there any way you see
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the prime minister halting settlement construction? >> no, he's a right wing prime minister and this expectation because he's prime minister and because the europeans or americans or indeed majority of the public with him not stop him. he's heading a right wing coalition. their constituency is pro settlement. the idea that this is going to infringe on or make the two state solution unviable doesn't concern him. i don't think this government and i say this with respect rather than criticism, is not interested in a two state solution. they pay lip service to the concept. my only problem with the i'm minister is he never offered and alternative to this. if not this, what. >> for three decades iran has been a problem. now there's a thou. how is that complicating the israeli u.s. palestinian
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scenario? here's the thing. if you look at the middle east from 30,000 feet, you see that a major shift in power centers, the three largest, most important pours in the middle east right now are non-arab. they are israeli, iran and turkey, iran and turkey being muslims of course, but no one arab, the idea that the middle east arab league or arab states is no longer valid, wimp is why a thaw with iran if genuine will enhance the chances of some kind of a rearrangement in the middle east rather than complicate it. >> how so? >> because there is a less of energy dependence on the middle east on the u.s. the u.s. is disengaging from the middle east gradually, energy independence, scars and hemorrhaging after failures in
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the middle east. the u.s. does not need saudi arabia. the only ominous problem is iran going nuclear. if there is a thaw and iran ceases to be a dominant threat on the arab world and israel, they can find a way to work around this. >> the landscape is changing quickly. >> changing quickly, which is why the criticism against president obama on his middle east policy is sometimes unfair. you cannot plan a foreign policy given all these changes and challenges. >> thank you very much. israel's former consul general in new york. >> president obama getting personal, talking about his youth on thursday as he announced a major initiative to help young minority men in the u.s. he's calling it my brother's keeper, bringing businesses, non-profits and the government together to help young black and hispanic men in school. the president came up with the idea after the death of trayvon
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martin. that idea will receive $200 million for the next five years. >> white house senior advisor speaking to america tonight thursday explaining why this is so important to the president. >> it's primarily directed to black and latino men. those are the ones who are most at risk. if you look at the statistics, those are the ones who are entering into school not prepared, so we need early childhood programs to get them ready for school. those are the ones lacking behind and learning to read by third grade. the evidence shows if you haven't learned to read by third grade, the championses of finishing high school on time are less and lesser if you are poor. we know that disproportionately black and latino men are expelled or suspended from school, leading to the juvenile delinquency system and right to the adult criminal justice system. we need to break that cycle and get young people back in school learning and thriving and
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aspiring to be productive citizens. >> you can catch america tonight weeknights at 9:00 p.m. eastern time, 6:00 p.m. pacific time only on aljazeera america. >> americans are about to learn more about bill and hillary clinton, who just about everyone believes is running for president in 2016. the clinton library will release documents today including confidential advice given to the president. those papers will be posted on line. more than 300,000 documents could be released. >> a republican analyst and former communications aid with the mccain-palin presidential campaign. i take it you think she is running. >> i do think she is running but would not be shocked if she ends up not running. >> i've heard more and more talk about that saying she has been hinting that she may not run. that would be the republican's best dream? >> not necessarily. as she showed in 2008 an ability
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to be the front runner and completely implode in terms of her campaign and the ability to keep leading until the finish line. i think she's going to look at her health. there were issues at the end of her run as head of the state department and she's going to look at problems like benghazi and what it's going to take to win. it's going to be a primary and tough election. >> the republicans keep saying benghazi. if there were a battle cry, it would be never forget benghazi. >> one of many. >> is there a sense the public has moved on with what the republican party has not. >> no. the reason is hillary clinton has not run for anything since that happened. if she does decide to run, first it will come out in primaries, joe biden or whoever is facing her that's the other leader of the pack for the democratic party is going to bring it up. if she does come out of the primaries, it will be an issue
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in the general election. it could not be the only issue republicans bring up. republicans will run on if she is the democratic nominee. it needs to be a party, a party of tomorrow and not yesterday. >> the poll numbers on hillary clinton, which is one of the reasons we're talking to much about her, the recent new york times news poll showing 82% of people among democrats think that she should run. only 42% think that vice president joe biden should run, a sitting vice president. that would make her a pour middable opponent should she run. >> 73 to 12, so joe biden is not a serious candidate. >> she has a double digit lead over any republican. >> she didn't before chris christie ran into the issues he did. >> but he did. >> you have rubio and christie will rebound. the american public does forget. those have been plated out so recently in the national media. while she is the strong candidate, the other part of the democratic field are going to
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look at her as sort of the elephant in the room. if she does run, her campaign completely self instructed. she was a leader and it was a disaster. >> you will be running against bill clinton as well, what do you think about that? the clinton combination. >> bill clinton is a very, very strong proponent of his wife. you saw 2008, but you also saw that once the primary got contentious versus barack obama, bill clinton became a wildcard. at some points there when i was on the campaign at the end from the general election, you heard him say things like having nothing negative to say about john mccain -- >> strong in kentucky, strong in tennessee, this is a guy strong in places that are considered republican strongholds. how do you campaign against both of them hillary clinton strong in the northeast, a new york
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senator, bill clinton. bill clinton didn't campaign in tennessee. >> they're going to vote based on what's best for the state of tennessee. hillary clinton's going to have to have pro proposals for the state of tennessee that are going to make that state fare better than it has under barack obama. let's not forget the sitting president, he's going to be a liability for whoever the nominee is. >> is he in the african-american community where the republican base is not strong and among women where he also polls well? >> chris christie in the last new jersey election, one within the he was running -- barack obama has just not delivered, hasn't delivered to the republicans also not to the democrats. joe biden is saying he's more of a populist than barack obama,
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there was an article on that this week. barack obama is not going to be a big positive for the democratic nominee especially if his approval rating stays in the 30's. >> this is february, 2014, right? >> doesn't feel that way. [ laughter ] >> we have a lot about foreign players coming to play in the united states, we've heard an awful lot about that. what about when an american decides to go to europe? mar morgan joins us with one man's story. >> former nba commissioner david stern was instrumental in the league's global explosion and another example of the worldwide popularity, the country of lithuania, american justin invited us behind the scenes for a look at his you're yo league club and lithuania's love affair with hoops. >> america's destin has a new job, offered a position in
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lithuania, he joined the basketball team as the only foreign player. >> nobody knows basketball like lithuania. in the states we love basketball, but this whole country just focuses on basketball. >> there's a hoop outside almost every house here. the desire to succeed at the american sport was always linked with independence from the soviet union. at the barcelona olympics in 1992, newly independent lithuania won a men's bronze medal. the new club now plays in the euro league. founded in the 1940's, this is one of the oldest clubs in europe. lithuania has managed to be fourth in the world. this is a country with just over 2 million people. the facilities are second to none. take a look around here, you'd be excused for thinking you were in the united states of america and this was an nba club. >> when guys are playing other
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teams, they say man, this is unbelievable. they say man, i love to come play here. i say man, you should see how i feel when i come running out. this is a chill feel. it puts me in the nba setting, but i'm over here. >> step on the team logo in the club locker room and players suffer a fine. there is a lot of respect for his new club. not all the fans, however, respect him. >> i get a lot of criticism outside. i get a lot of little hate mail. oh, you don't belong here, you're not good enough. i built a relationship with a lot of guys throughout the course i've been here. off the court object it's been tough, lonely, but basketball takes me to a whole 'nother place i've never been before. >> next year, fans will be buying their tickets with the new euro currency and sure to be watching more foreign players as lithuania continues to punch well above its weight in the
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arena of basketball. aljazeera, lithuania. >> prior to his signing with the lithuanian team, he spent parts of the last three seasons playing for the nba's developmental league plus short stints with three nba teams. >> i'm still trying to find a team in europe willing to take me. >> ok and how's that going so far? have you been pursuing this for a while? >> forget about a team? i'm just trying to find a country anywhere. >> i'm thinking point guard for you. >> i'm thinking something. >> good luck with that. >> one community in washington helping people rebuild their lives with micro homes. they are having a huge impact on the lives of the homeless there. >> ousted ukrainian president viktor yanukovych is set to speak in about an hour, the top of the hour, in fact. just swiss regulators now moving to freeze his assets.
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>> good morning, welcome back to aljazeera america. in a moment, we'll tell you how people in washington are helping the homeless there. first let's feigned out where it's going to rain and snow today. >> we do have both of them, they're both to concern. the bigger picture, rain clearing out of florida. we have activity into the midwest and the northern plains. this snow combined with wind, we even could see some temporary white out conditions in places like montana and it really spreads across the region into the day tomorrow. watch for that. in the meantime, california system, more heavy rain, some places will get an additional half foot, we have the landslide and mud slide concerns. this will be on the move. into the weekend, no energy pulls out, movers into the
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midwest and especially sunday, we could even have some strong storms and by monday, the east coast gets another snowstorm. del. >> nicole, thank you very much. >> a new spacecraft is collecting data to improve weather predictions, launching the global precipitation measurement weather satellite on thursday. the solar powered satellite creates a 3-d model of developing storms, sending images back to earth. >> more than 3 million people are homeless in the u.s. each year. many have a difficult time finding shelter. one city in washington state has found a rather unique solution. >> drugs drove rebecca into homelessness. >> sharon calls herself a life long nomad, who hasn't unpacked in 20 years. >> it's kind of mess cry, but, you know, i'm not that organized. >> john lost his job as a cook and unemployment payments
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finally ran out. >> just one thing sort of snowballed into another. >> they used to be homeless. the village has tiny, separate housing units which share a community center and kitchen. residents pay rent, 30% of their income if they have an income. >> you can't beat this with a stick. >> the village grew out of a homeless protest in olympia, the tent city moved from church to church until they formed a non-profit organization, raised million and built this place on land donated by the county. construction costs her unit, $19,000. add in site preparation and the community building, and the finishedouts cost $88,000 each. >> this is perfect for me right now. i'm very lucky. >> residents can use the kitchen and have refrigerator space. there are showers, secure lockers and mail service. there's a weekly meeting and dinner, attendance required.
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many of the residents here have mental health issues or like rebecca are fighting addiction. >> you can't go into a job high, you can't go into a job dirty. here, we get the opportunity to clean ourselves up and go in and look presentable. >> with help from a full time program manager and part time social worker, the residents govern themselves. everybody here that passed a background check and has to do their share of chores. >> since the village opened in december, they have heard from homeless advocates and community leaders all over the country, wondering if something similar could benefit their communities. organizers never intended to design a model to address the broader issues of homelessness in america. all of this was more personal. >> we started to house 30 people who we knew and who were our friends. we were doing this for 30 people that we loved. >> it's amazing, the compassion of some of the folks that have made this happen. >> 30 people who now have a
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solid roof over their heads, a stable community, even their own basketball hoop. >> that's allen reporting. similar village also serving homeless communities around the country, including upstate new york and madison, wisconsin. >> the stories we're following in our next our, in ukraine, military forces seize two airports in i'm mia. viktor yanukovych will go speaking from an undisclosed location that. >> gas bombs thrown at police in venezuela yesterday. >> people bracing for eight inches of rain in california, creating a risk of mudslides, power outages and flash flooding. >> the same storm impacting california will impact other parts of the country. we're seeing areas of record cold this morning. i'll have that forecast. >> the aljazeera morning news continues. i will be right back with you in two minutes.
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>> ousted ukrainian president viktor yanukovych is expected to speak from russia. ukraine will seek his extradition as switzerland moves to freeze his assets. >> no end in sight for violent protests in venezuela as the president indicates he has no intentions of hearing anything the opposition has to say. >> this week's fight for gay rights in arizona may be over, but the fight is very much alive in other states.
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a look at the states where similar battles of heating up. >> it was historical, life-changing, and made you want to do better. >> president obama promoting his brother's keeper program to empower young men of color, the success of one program catching the eye of the commander-in-chief. >> good morning, welcome to aljazeera america. i'm del walters. unstable ukraine as military forces now seizing two airports, one of those airports taken over by the russian military. it all happened overnight in the territory of crimea, the focal point of ukraineens wanting closer toys with the european union and those still loyal to russia. in kiev, the newly appointed parliament is calling it an occupation, voting on a
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resolution to seek help from countries that consider ukraine sovereign. we should hear from an ousted president viktor yanukovych. this is where he will be speaking. he will be speaking from an undisclosed location in southern russia. as you can see, the ukrainian flags will be behind him. he maintains he is still in charge. we have a team of aljazeera reporters stationed worldwide to bring you the story. nick shiffrin is in kiev where parliament voted to deal with the situation, but we are going to begin with phil ittner in moscow where the diplomatic developments are taking place. bring us up to date, phil. >> well, del, what we know that is we are expecting that press conference and it will be happening in southern russia. we expect it to be in a russian town, symbolically important city, the home of the down cossacks, and ethnicity between russia and ukraine, that town on the border.
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we are expecting yanukovych to reiterate what he has said previously in that he still believes he is the president of ukraine. the announcement will come, that press conference will come imminently. we will be monitoring it, a lot of eyes will be on this, because this he stands by his previous statement that he is still president, that could very well cause increased friction in an already very precarious situation inside ukraine. >> phil, obviously russia not playing neutral in this, hosting him for the speech to be made. how is this playing out on the streets of russia? >> del, the government of vladimir putin reiterated they believe this is nothing short of a coup d'etat and believe it is initiated by extreme nationalist elements within ukraine. they even used the worth fascist. russia is very deeply concerned about their previously satellite state of ukraine, mobilized troops along the border.
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they say those exercises were previously planned, but nobody is aware -- everybody is aware, basically that this is happening at a very sensitive time. we are of course hearing about those possible troops inside crimea. russia is animate that the ukraine is in its sphere of influence and reiterated they do not appreciate western interference in ukraine. recent statements, foreign minister said that he felt that the e.u. in particular was exacerbating the situation. >> viktor yanukovych, a wanted man, now we're hearing prosecutors in geneva are investigating he and his brother concerning allegation of money laundering. bring us up to date on that. >> that is a very interesting development, because we are hearing from kiev that they believe that tens of billions of dollars have been spirited away from ukraine and ukraine's
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economy. ukraine's economy is already in a very differ situation, so you subtract possibly 35, maybe even more, we're hearing figures of $70 billion, not yanukovych and his brother alone, but the kind of ruling elite spirited out during his presidency. that's a huge chunk that take out of an economy that's already in dire straits. they want him brought to justice. if he does show his face in russia shortly as is expected. the ukrainians will ask for extradition back to kiev. >> live for us in moscow. the image on the roads of your screen is the podium where we expect the ousted president viktor yanukovych to address reporters from southern russia. when he speaks, we will bring that speech to you live. right now, though, we want to go to nick shiffrin live in kiev with more on what is becoming a political tug of war. it is clear that ukraine is suffering from a rather complex
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identity crisis added this moment, especially in the south. what effect is that having on kiev? >> well, it's a huge effect. this government is some 24 hours old, it's got huge problems to deal with, political unity, economic problems and now a huge security problem in crimea. the interior minister here said this is no less than an occupation or invasion by russia. we don't know who these people are in the local government, parliament building, surrounding the airport, but they are pro russian. that means that the pull between the west, the west of this city, western ukraine, who looks west and the people in the south and east looking toward russia, that tear is definitely higher right now and that tension is higher. what the parliament needs to do here in kiev is create a political unity and they are
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looking west. they are not looking at russia anymore, they are looking west to the international monetary fund to give them the money they need in the coming months and looking for greater ties in the e.u. the more they ever to focus on the south and east the less they can get done in terms of political and financial future in this country. >> it's not just developments in the south adding pressure to this newly formed government, but they're facing pressure right behind you from the people who are still camped out in independence square. >> i think it's a really important point, outside the parliament right now, there's an armored personnel carrier full of opposition people literally looking outside of the parliament with guns on their hips. parliamentarians believe testify to answer to the square's demands. the night before this government was announced, every sickle cabinet member was paraded in front of 50,000 people who gave
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their thumbs up or thumbs down to everybody who is now in that government, the pressure is not only on the south and the people looking east, but the people inside the square. you talk to activists, they say if this government doesn't listen to them, their fate will be the same as the last government. >> live in kiev, nick, thank you very much. coming up later in our hour, we will hear from jennifer glasse concerning the situation and seizing of territory. >> the president not yet speaking, but all eyes on him, pressure from switzerland, from kiev, but almost a pardon from the crimea area. how do you marry these interests? >> getting the truth out. you have reporters in the presidential palace going through the presidential papers. we heard about the tens of billions, the new prime minister of ukraine has said it's $70 billion that the president and his family have taken from
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bothi m.s. loans, other grants and the entire product of ukraine for their own personal friends, funds and put them in offer shore accounts. this is something we need to put out in the world. we have reporters going through documents, there's a website called yanukovych leaks. everybody in the world can see what's happened. >> that is an indication that viktor yanukovych is approaching the podium. we are going to take that image for you. we will wait just a moment for the sound to begin, but the fact that he is speaking -- we will let him speak now. >> i'm glad to welcome you. yesterday, i was contacted and informed me about plans to have
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a press conference. i know him for a long time. interviewed him before as previous also penalt president f ukraine and i consider a -- that's why we are here, i think, if you don't ab, we'll start your work, because i know that yanukovych would like to say a few words addressed to you by you to the whole world and then i think that he will answer your questions. if you accept this agenda. thank you. >> dear viewers, dear
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journalists, it's the time for me to say about that i have an intention to continue the struggle for the future of the ukraine against those by fear, by terrorism tried to take it and i decided to say public about it. nobody overthrow me. i was forced to leave the ukraine under the immediate threat to my life and life of my family. as you know, in ukraine, the power was seized by the nationalists, pro fascists people against us who are the
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minority of the people of the ukraine, represent the minty of the people of ukraine. the existing way out of the situation to carry out everything which was stipulated by the agreement that when the president of ukraine on the position -- of the opposition with the participation of ministers of foreign affairs, france, germany, and poland, and also representatives of the russian federation. an immediate start and completion in september, 2014 of the constitutional reform, which would balance, which would balance all the powers of the
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president and the parliament. the presidential elections in 2014 now and the acceptance taking of the new constitution. of course, it's very important to conduct an impartial investigation of the acts of violence under the general monitoring of the authorities in position of the counsel of europe. immediate surrender of the illegal weapons and release of administrative buildings to the block of the streets, squares. the armed people should go, should leave the streets. the normal life operation of the
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citizens of the ukraine should be enassured both in kiev and other regions of the ukraine. it should be taken into consideration the interests of all the regions of ukraine. it's difficult for us -- it will be difficult to get out of this tough crisis, which we are now, the country is now. this upheavals which happened and the victims are the consequences of this political crisis is the result of the irresponsible policy of the west, which was inside, but ukraine is a strong country, and we will definitely get out of it. i also propose to conduct the national referendum, the issues
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which should be taken for consideration at this referendum should be as soon as possible with the participation of the social organizations of the wide circle of representatives of the civil society and in any case these issues should relate to the burning issues aspects of the development of the country, of course of the constitution and state structure and so on. thank you. dear colleagues, questions. my colleague from intertask. >> microphone doesn't work for
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some reason. please turn on the microphone. >> just speak out loud now. >> this is a live news conference involving the ousted ukrainian president yanukovych right now, speaking from russia as opposed to the ukraine. the microphone with the reporters are not working. we will listen in to more. >> how do you base these conclusions, upon what? and now the use of the latest powers in the ukraine. the constitutional courts were removed and the russian court responded very abruptly, what is your opinion about the removal of the judges? >> i understand the question.
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of course, this agreement which should have -- stipulated the implementation of this agreement by both parties, both sides. i believed in the distance of foreign intermediate race and despite this agreement, i would say was quite contradictory and complex. i signed it despite and the leaders of the opposition signed this agreement to manage the foreign affairs of the three states signed this agreement. really, at that time was very -- it was very important, that the opposition and radical forces,
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which were represented at midon and other regions, they should have disarmed themselves, released all the taken territories, but it wasn't implemented. as are result, kiev was flooded with the armed people who started to demolish houses, some establishments and just innocent people started suffering completely. people were plundered, looted and beaten up in the streets and it's still going on. it's still the case. that is why the agreement for us, of course, gave some hope,
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but what happened afterwards is difficult to call it to call given objectives to it. it was lawlessness, terror, lack of power and chaos, which ensued after this. the unprecedented decisions which were taken in the parliament by deputies by intimidation, by throwing stones at them directly they were taken to midal, literally teen midon. one cannot call it in anyway the operation of the parliament. it's the work of midon under the
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influence of this competence, the parliament votes, that's why the government which they themselves appointed, called it the cab knelt of victory. victory over whom? over the ukrainian people. it should be the government of national unity which we are talking about and which we discussed. it's difficult today to find some words how to express how today's power is formulated and who comes to the power, those men which now are known all over the world, these are the people
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who propagate violence. they are well known, very well outside ukraine but how well they are known. in israel, they call horror in this word. that's why i think the stream leader is not legitimate and i also consider that before, that the agreement which hasn't been carried out under the condition that it hasn't implemented, if it will be implemented, it would be able to pacify to appease a considerably the situation and to start the process, the legitimate process of the settlement of the political crisis of the ukraine. it could be a way out of the impasse, which we were taken to this by the radicals to this impasse, deadlock, by the judges
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of the constitutional court, an unprecedented case are saying not just in the ukraine, but in the whole world when the constitutional court is being destroyed and state structure is being destroyed, one can't allow this to happen. we'll see what this one person also wants to ask a question. not clear.
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are you ashamed of anything in the whole story, ashamed of anything in the whole story? i will tell you i'd like to apologize first of all in front of the ukrainian people for what has happened in the ukraine, that i didn't have the power, strength to maintain stability and to allow this sort out this chaos which takes place in the country, the strength to stop it, to prevent it from happening. on the 21st the first channel on the 21st, you signed this agreement with the opposition and you made concessions to the opposition with the intermediatation of the european union and then you leave the country. why did you leave the country?
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why didn't you straight away appeal to your people and why didn't you appeal to assistance of the representatives of the european union with who you had negotiations. why didn't you appeal straight away with that? >> one question, please, first of all, i'd like to say that i didn't flee anywhere from kiev, i moved to harkov. during my trip when i was in kiev, i was shot at from guns, the car which was covering me, the vehicle which was covering me was in fact from all sides, shot at from all sides, the vehicle covering me and i was leaving not on my own and i didn't flee anywhere. we were going there to meet in harkov, coming there, of the
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leaders of the party of the regions and the social organizations at this forum, which would have been conducted, really went there, we arrived there late at night in harkov because we were forced to do this. when we arrived, from the early morning, 22nd, the security service started to receive information that in harkov, they are arriving some radical groups were arriving in harkov. it was under fear here on my part, there was no fear at all.
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these were the conditions of safety, security, which had to be taken into consideration and to keep this conditions and to lead the security, it's not my work to be in charge of it and it took the decision, i asked the chairman of the supreme leader of ukraine was with me and head of the administration, i asked them so that they could fly to donesk. we had the plane ready and we got all the leaders of head together and we conducted a certain work with them. i told everything was happened with us what is taking place now in kiev. i took decision myself to go to
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lugansk. we flew by two helicopters, military dispatchers wonders that unless we turn from this direction and this direction what was -- they will want that we -- they will want allegedly that we were going to fly to russia and they warned that they will raise scramble fighter planes and the pilots of the helicopters took the decision they are being to law and warned to turn and land them in damask. it is the situation which my -- this my moments in the ukraine started from.
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i was on waterways. as a result, i moved to crimea, left in the evening, where after coming, the intentions which i had again were dashed through new threats. i received calls from the members of my family that even the youngest grandson was put on the list of people which should have been lately and eldest son went there to collect him from the kindergarten, collected him and he called me again and he said i cannot in this conditions risk the life of my family, the eldest son told me. that was the real situation.
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somebody from the back row. >> it is now 8:30 eastern time and we're listening to a news conference by ousted ukrainian president viktor yanukovych, speaking to reporters in russia as opposed to the ukraine. so far he has told reporters using measured words that he believes what happened against him was terrorism, telling reporters that he was forced to leave ukraine under threat of death. going on to say that members of his family were threatened. i'm joined in studio now by the executive board member for the ukrainian congress committee for america. also, we are joined by satellite by phil ittner, who is in moscow and nick shiffrin in kiev.
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tell us first of all your thoughts about what you've heard so far. >> i'm stunned. i've never seen a press conference like this ever, you see a president who's been deposed who doesn't stay there to be prosecuted for his crimes go to a neighboring country, speaking on television there, the neighboring country does no extradite that country, but gives him a press conference. he speaks in russian, not ukrainian, referring to the cities that he has visited in russian. we know that's his first language, he was brought up as the governor, born in tolino. he's referring to a soviet culture there, using key words, talking about points we've seen on the internets. he appeals to the veterans. he's talks about veterans of the great war, referring to the great soviet army. he's referring to fashionists, that's not really talking about
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what we think of as nazis, referring to the people in ukraine who are his supporters as the fascists being literally the people who invaded your country. that's the key words he is using. >> phil ittner is in moscow. the language that he is using to describe the people that we have been describing as protestors, he describes them as terrorists. >> yeah, absolutely, del. it has been very interesting to listen to some of the language that viktor yanukovych is using, because it is almost exactly word for word what we have also heard from the russian foreign ministry and kremlin, referring to the protestors as fascists, saying that they blame the west for basically putting ukraine in the situation with that trade deal. an awful lot of things that we have heard also from the russian government, so very interesting language being used down there.
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also very interesting to hear of his movements once he left kiev, particularly interesting that he did leave to the eastern side of the country where he has his support base. a lot of interesting things coming out of this press conference. >> we go from phil ittner in moscow to nick shiffrin in kiev at independence square. nick, what are they saying? have you heard reactions so far from independence square in kiev? >> del, it is fascinating to listen to this and hear president yanukovych talk about the armed people should be off the street and regular life should go on. to be honest, regular life started about 24-48 hours ago. you look back in the square behind me, no one is listening. no one is watching this press conference. there's no t.v. screen, no audio, no people gathered around any kind of department store window or anything like that. people have moved on. there are no armed people in
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this square anymore. there were perhaps a little while ago, but they would argue that they were much less armed than the armed police who were shooting at them. these people simply have started their lives again. the parliament does have to deal with this from a political point of view. not only what phil and our guests were saying about those key words, but yanukovych also said that the parliament that has been elected is not legitimate and that is something a lot of people will be listening to and agreeing with especially in the eastern ukraine and where he stopped on the way to russia. we were there and everybody is saying everything happening in kiev is not legitimate, it's a a coup and we won't listen to them. on the street behind me, nobody cares, they've moved on. politically this parliament needs to worry about this press conference, because they know there are millions and millions of ukrainians in the east listening and they say that's
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right, we do not have to listen to them, the parliament is not legitimate. if our president is saying we don't have to, we won't. that threatens the unity of this country, much more than crimea. crimea's always been a problem for kiev, always not wanted to be a part of independent ukraine, but eastern ukraine is different. if there is a concern in this city right now, it's about eastern ukraine and people listening to president yanukovych and turning their backs on kiev and looking toward russia as kiev and the rest of the country look to the west. >> please stand by. i am listening to the president and we continue to monitor what he is saying so that nothing will be missed, but i'm surprised that no one has asked him what seems to be the perfunctory question, did you order ukrainian police to fire upon the ukrainian people.
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>> even more than the economics discovered more and more through his papers. we know for instance he ordered the head of the armies of the joint armies of ukraine to construct a plan. we know the plan -- >> in fact that's what i was going to bring up, one of our correspondents yesterday reported among the documents found in the presidential palace were charts that showed how they were supposed to move in, how the power supply was supposed to be cut and how the forces were to open. these were in fact, that is her report we were looking at. they were pouring over thousands of documents right now, those being dumped in the river as if there was something to hide. you see them right now being thawed in the sauna, the documents showing charts, graphs, everything indicating that the president not only was preparing to flee, but also preparing to squelch the opposition. >> this is the second time the president wanted to do this. of course he was elected first in 2004, overturned by the
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orange revolution. at that time, we know that he also wanted the army to move against the people in the square. this is the second time that he wanted to have that happen and he ordered the chief of the army to do that. the army chief resigned, actually was dismissed for not following through on this. he has since been reinstated by the acting penalty of ukraine to keep military control understand hands of ukrainians. it's absolutely abominable the fact that this man ordered had this, not only the hundreds of people killed, over 100 people killed by snipers but he actually wanted armed military interference with the people's revolution. >> nick shiffrin in kiev, one of the major developments that we have been watching are the russian military movements on the border, the fact that viktor yanukovych is in russia, speaking in russian, and that the russian government appears to be giving him asylum must be of major concern not only to the u.s. government but to those in kiev, as well.
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>> yes, certainly. there's a discussion ongoing right now in the parliament talks whether they should ask russia to send him back to ukraine to try him for everything that you have been talking about, the tens of billions of dollars, these documents seem to suggest that he had a say in, but also those armed police who were on the streets behind me who were shooting at protestors, some of whom had guns hike lunting weapons, but most of whom had plastic shields and walking into the bullets. there's a big concern about whether president yanukovych should come back, what happens to that, who is in authority as to whether they can try him, would he ever come back even if they tried to do that. all of that is very early days, but again on the street behind me, the people themselves are in the midon in independence square, not listening to this. they do believe that they've moved on, they've chosen a new government. there's already a schedule for
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the next presidential election, they are creating a schedule for the next parliamentarien election. president yanukovych was talking about having a ref remember did you mean but everybody here say everything's been decided already. he's fled, that chapter is over for us, we've moved on. >> 8:37 right now. the ousted president of ukraine viktor yanukovych speaking for about 36 minutes. he told reporters, the first thing he said emphatically was when asked when i guess it was inferred that he may have fled the country, he defiantly said there is no such thing as flight, he simply feared for his life. this is from the news conference earlier. >> nobody overthrow me, nobody overthree me, i was forced to leave the ukraine under the immediate threat to my life and the life of my family.
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the ousted president of ukraine has been speaking for a little more than a half hour. we continue to monitor his comments from kiev and from moscow. we are watching the developments unfold in new york. i'm del walters in new york. we're going to take a break. we'll be right back.
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>> welcome back to aljazeera america. we are following breaking news today, you have been listening to the ousted president of ukraine addressing reporters from russia. we're also following breaking news on the economic front, the government saying economic growth slowing in the last quarter. we have been watching all of the developments coming out of washington. we have details. >> this was not unexpected, because we've had so much bad economic data, disappointing and weak economic numbers that many economists expected our fourth quarter gdp would be revised down and it was to 2.4% for the
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fourth quarter. personal expenditure consumption reflects how much people can spend and consumer spending is the engine of economic growth. that was revised to 2.6%. exports revised down and inventory, as well. now you know that we've had some very, very weak disappointing job numbers for example and big question right now is how much of a role is the weather playing. >> janet yellen saying the weather is a a major factor, snowstorms in the east, freezing weather in the northeast and the midwest, in and out soaking rains in the west, so a lot of factors going into play, but, it happens all the time. >> this has been unusually bad weather, very rubbish weather but the quick question how much are we using the weather as a scape coat for underlying
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weakness. some people say that the weather is simply amplifying weakness and that we'll continue to see a pickup, more in the second or third quarter. data doesn't really dovetail with the weather story. we have to keep looking at date that that's a little bit murk key. the more data we get, we're going to get a better picture on whether the bulls were right but certainly emeffectations are tempered. >> following developments out of ukraine, so are economists, watching the events unfold very closely. >> we've had turmoil with emerging markets this year. the fed basically reigning in its stimulus program, driving up interest rates. investors were pulling their money out of emerging markets,
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putting it into u.s. bonds, safer returns and for better returns. what this crisis is doing, really sort of shifting the epicenter if you will of the emerging markets turmoil to russia and eastern europe. >> thank you very much. now unless usual ready to dunk your doughnuts and not allow them up, hollywood about to hand out the oscars this weekend. we're going to talk about why it seems that the movies you like don't always win the top prize. >> also, we continue to watch the situation unfolding in russia right now. that is the ousted president, viktor yanukovych talking to reporters about what he believes happened in ukraine in the recent weeks. we'll be right back. >> heavily armed, combat tactics >> every little podunk wants their tank and their bazooka... >> with s.w.a.t. raids on the rise... >> when it goes wrong, it goes extremely wrong... >> what's the price for militarizing our police >> they killed evan dead
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>> welcome back to aljazeera
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america. i'm del walters in new york. we are following a lot of developing news, not the very least of which is the fact that it is now raining in california, wimp northerly is a good thing, but they are getting a lot of rain. let's find out more with nicole mitchell. >> we've been talking recently about historic drought levels and how dry the state has been. february is the rainy season and most likely to get rain, but too much all at once, a lot of places especially in burn areas, that bakes the ground so it can't get into the ground and so we have a lot of situations where the heavy rain is now running down mountain sides, landslides, mudslides a concern, localized heavy spots into valleys could go as high as 10 inches over the next couple of days. we have a big concern, even though the rain in some aspects is beneficial. then the system pulls controls the country, by sunday into monday, risks for severe weather to the south to heavy snow northward. >> take a deep breath. sunday, the biggest night in
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hollywood, the 86th annual academy awards, nine films up for best picture, but there's a catch. over the last decade there has been a trend suggesting the best picture is usually not the most popular movie at the box office. what's the difference between what the academy voters like and what you like? >> that of course, being gravity. bill wyman is in los angeles. the best pictures are not the ones that make the most money. argo last year, $623 million, or now, $136 million, another very longers, the movie everybody went to see, $623 million. it goes on and on and gets worse
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if we throw up the next graph taking us to 2003. why is it that the experts like you don't like what those of us whoing to the movies to eat popcorn like. >> that's a great question. it's an interesting phenomenon and i don't think it's been commented on enough, but hollywood moved away from high grossing pictures like forest gump and titanic and started supporting small independent films. >> if you vote with your wallet, it's not hard to figure out at all. that's not a small difference there, it's huge. >> depends how you look added it. all the media industries are challenged, the film industry doing sequels, comic books, the lego movie, battle ships just to get people in the seats. smaller movies have to find a
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way to survive. the critics say this is a great movie, hollywood say so, both have a way to make a living these days. >> there was a disruption in the force in 2003, the final lord of the rings movie, you see it down at the bottom of the graph made $377 million, and all of you critics like it, too, what happened? >> that was sort of the last gasp of the old hollywood, right? there was glad yadier, titanic, forest gump and finally lord of the rings. lord of the rings was sort of an outside hollywood production. there was a couple guys in new line cinema who bet the farm on that franchise and peter jackson was obviously not a household director. even there, you had an outsider coming and taking the crown. you might see it this year again with gravity. that's a big blockbuster movie, kind of unusual, but not a typical comic book movie. >> let's take a look.
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gravity $269 million, but all the way down at the bottom, bruce dern and nebraska 16 million spent that much in advertising alone on gravity and american hustle, so what are you saying? what are you thinking? >> not only that, it's probably as much as robert downey's body waxing budget in iron man three. it makes a lot of money, nebraska, alexander pain has a career going on and people involved get a little bit of resume boosting from that film. >> top pick? >> for the oscars? >> yeah. >> i think it's a fight between gravity and 12 years a slave and we'll see what happens sunday night. >> best picture -- best actor. >> for best picture, yeah, matthew mcconaughey is the favorite for best actor and cate blanchett in blue jasmine i think we'll see win best
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actress. >> bull, thank you very much. get your popcorn ready, i will be watching, as well. we are also watching developments out of russia right now where ousted ukrainian president viktor yanukovych has been speaking now for a little less than an hour, pretty much denying most of the things that he is accused of, including the fact that he is a wanted man for murder. we have been watching here and nick shiffrin watching from independence square in kiev. first, the fact that he is pretty much as you said in a state of denial. >> yes. using contrary terms to what we've seen. we've seen the revolution broadcast live for three months on different internet news feeds, you can watch the whole time. the expresident's recollection of those events are armed in is
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your rex which we did not see. we are seeing that in crimea now, in areas controlled by random biker gangs and thugs hired by the president's team, so it's a clipping of reality. >> just a moment ago, this is what the former penalty had to say about the issue of elections in ukraine. take a listen. >> nick shiffrin, the former president of ukraine speaking russian, is this an attempt from what you are hearing from people that are watching the events there in kiev to divide the ukraine even more than it is already divided between those who favor the european union and
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those who favor stronger and closer ties with russia? >> i think, del, perhaps it's a way to tap into the divide and tap into the people who literally speak his language and feel that he is still their legitimate leader. you go east of kiev, and everyone speaks russian. you go to karkieh and you have to speak russian on the streets. what the president is perhaps trying to do is to reach into those areas that are historically very pro soviet, pro russia today and say look, i am still your leader. again, he's not here. he's not in this country. if you go to kiev and to the west of kiev, but certainly in independence square and around it, nobody's really listening to this. everybody is focused on the future. they do feel here that they have a new government, that they have a schedule for the next presidential election, they have
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elected a new cabinet, and that they want and are going to get very soon a new election for the parliament. so you listen or at least other people from here listen to the president speak about armed gangs. we're still in independence square behind me about how daily life needs to resume and you look at the square and you look at this city. i mean, i can go out to dinner, to lunch, go shopping today. in kiev, nobody is stopping me from that. there is a disconnect not only politically what you've just talked about but physically on the ground. you talk to people in the square now, they are not listening, not paying attention and there are no armed gangs walking around the square right now. when organized, there's 50,000 people giving yeas or anyways to the new politician running the government now. that's what they're focused on here. of course politically there's a concern about what yanukovych says, tapping into that notion in the east of a pro-russian
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sentiment and away from the rest which is what kiev is trying to do but on the ground, there is no sense of alarm based on what he's saying. >> nick shiffrin in kiev, thank you very much. we have about a minute left, a little less than a minute. going forward as we hear the former president talk, how important are the facts in this, the fact that they didn't loot the presidential palace, they preserved the document? twenty seconds. >> it's all about the facts, it's about we've been broad costing the revolution live. all those documents you membered are being put out on to the web. we're going to make sure everything gets to the public, the whole world can see it and we'd like to have those crimes prosecuted. >> thank you for being with us. this is aljazeera america, i'm del walters in new york.
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. welcome to al jazeera america america. these are the top stories. ousted ukrainian president,
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victor worried his life was in danger and many are calling for his arrest. more violent clashes erupting in venzuela on thursday. student demonstrators throwing rocks and gas bombs. police and the national guard using tear gast. the president saying he hoped to ease the tensions by beginning carn i have a le early. >> residents in southern california are sandba gooding their areas to save houses from mudslides. los angeles may get eight inches of rain. power outages and flash floods are expected. the bitcoin exchange, the ceo is appearing for crops, apologizing for the company's troubles. he said 850,000 bit coins worth about a half billion dollars are missing and unaccounted for. the tokyo based exchange went
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offline on thursday. the presidential library for bill clinton expected to relies about 5,000 pages from the clinton white house. they will be posted online. those are your headlines. i am del walters in new york. consid "consider this" is next. u crakraine was strife. risking everything for safety. a whistleblower on america's most toxic nuclear site speaks out to us. the plight of jailed al jazeera journalists gets attention. using penguins to gauge man's impact on climate change. hello, i am antonio morrow. welcome to "consider this" here is more on what's